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12/06/16 12/06/16 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now! >> when donald trump talks about makiking the country g great ag, for many people, it was not that great and quite the opposite. amy: today, a democracy now! special. noam chomsky, harry belafonte, patti smith, danny glover, and juan gonzalez and more gathering at the historic riverside church in new york city to look back at the first 20 years of democracy
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now! and to look ahead lies ahead during a trump presidency. >> in a few weeks from now i'm a if there is a platform on which i will be privileged to stand my opening remarks will something like, welcome to the fourth reich. amy: all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. in charleston, south carolina, a judge has declared a mistrial in the murder trial of white former police officer michael slager, who was caught on video fatally shooting 50-year-old african-american walter scott in the back as he ran away in april 2015.
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officer slager stopped walter scott for a broken taillight. after scott fled the car, video filmed by a bystander shows officer slager fatally shooting scott in the back from more than 17 feet away. despite the distance and the fact that walter scott was unarmed, officer slager argued during his trial that he was in total fear for his life. there were 11 white jurors and one black jury on the jury, which deadlocked after four days of d deliberations. this is judge clifton newman. >> i have a final note from the we as the jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts on all tobers, we're unable to come a unanimous decision in the case of the state versus michael slater -- slager. so i'm going to bring the jury out andd declare a mistrial.
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amy: walter scott's killing in 2015 sparked protests nationwide. prosecutors say they will retry the case. this is wawalter scott's mother judy scott. god -- i am encouraged because i know god is able. his just reward. and we have the federal trial and another trial to go. i'm just waiting on the lord. i'm going to rest in the lord. i don't care how it looks, it is not over. you'll hear me? it is not over. until god say it is over. amy: the jury of 11 white jurors and one black juror was chosen north charleston,
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that is a must half african-american. -- almost half african-american. the mistrial comes after a jury deadlocked in another high-profile police killing, the fatal shooting of african-amererican samuel dubose by white former university of cincinnati police officer ray tensing in ohio in 2015. a republican member of the electoral college has come out saying he will not vote for president-elect donald trump when the electoral college meets on december 19. christopher suprun, a paramedic from texas, wrote in an op-ed published in the "new york times" monday that trump is not qualified for the office of the presidency and called on his fellow republican electors to unite behind another republican presidential candidate, such as ohio governor john kasich. in florida, three voters have sued to demand a hand recount of the paper ballots, alleging the presidential election was skewed by hacking and malfunctioning voter machines. donald trump was declared the winner of florida by more than 112,000 votes. meanwhile, a recount in michigan is running into problems due to
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a state law that says a voting precinct cannot be recounted if the number of ballots in the b x don't exactly match the number on the poll books. the law could make precincts across the state ineligible for the recount. to see our interview with the green party's dr. jill stein who , sued for the recount in michigan as well as in wisconsin, go to democracynow.org. president-elect donald trump and his daughter met with al gore monday to discuss climate change. trump has rejected global scientific consensus and called climate change in chinese hoax. peaeaks ofs as s a volcano hahawaii's big islaland have ben hit byby nearly t three feet t f snow, with meteteorologiststs warning more is on the way. the washington post has revealed the pentagon sought to bury an internal study that revealed the agency's vast bureaucracy wastes as much as $125 billion. sources told "the washington
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post" the pentagon hid the study out of concerns congress would use it to cut the defense budget. palestinian leaders and others are expressing outrage at the israeli parliaments vote monday to retroactively legalize thousands of jewish-only settlements on palestinian land in the israeli-occupied west bank. the settlements are considered illegal under international law. the measure passed the first of three required votes during a contentious session 60 to 49. monday, this is arab-israeli lawmaker ahmad tibi. >> the law organizing and legalizing the settlements is one of the most dangerous laws. this has the state and its institutions are focusing on settlements and changing the law are putting the law are facing the high court, which ordered , whosecuation of omona owners exists.
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in news from the morocco-occupied western sahara, 22 year-old media activist walid fatal was sentenced yesterday by a moroccan court to 14 months in prison for filming a peaceful protest in the city of smara last november 25 on international day for the elimination of violence against women. 20 protesters, mostly women, were injured by police at the protest according to the sahrawi women's group fafesa. the court found fatal guilty of obstructing a public road and attacking a police officer, but fatal claims he was only filming the protest for the sahrawi media group smara news. he is one of several media activists recently arrested and tried by morocco in the western sahara, where independent journalists are routinely harassed. last month, reporters without borders called on moroccan authorities to stop violating the rights of sahrawi and foreign journalists and end all reporting restrictions in western sahara, a territory occupied by morocco for 41 years. back in the united states on the standing rock sioux reservation
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in north dakota, wes clark, jr., the son of retired u.s. army general and former supreme commander at nato, wesley clark, sr., led military veterans in a ceremony monday to ask forgiveness from native americans for the crimes of the u.s. military. thousands of native and non-native veterans have descended on standing rock to support the water protectors fighting the $3.8 billion pipeline in recent days. this is wes clclark, jr. >> we came. we took your land. we signed treaties that we broke. we stole minerals. we blasted the faces of our presidents on to her sacred mountain. land, then wemore took your children. then we tried to take your language. we tried to eliminate your language that god gave you and that the creator gave you. we did not respect you. we polluted your earth.
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we have hurt you in so many ways. we have come to say that we are sorry. we are at your service. amy: that was army veteran wes clark, j jr., son of u.s. retird army general wes clark, sr., former supreme commander of nato, kneeling at the feet of leonard crow dog, a sicangu lakota medicine man who was part of the 1973 occupation of wounded knee. on sunday, the u.s. army corps of engineers denied the dakota access pipeline company a permit to drill underneath ththe missoi river halting construction for , now. water protectors have committed to remaining at the site and stay vigilant, and the company has vowed to build on. to see our coverage of sunday's historic victory, go to democracynow.org. meanwhile, advisers to president-elect donald trump told reuters they are proposing
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to privatize native american reservations in order to further accelerate the extraction of oil, gas, and other minerals. in response, tom goldtooth, head of the indigenous environmental network, said -- "our spiritual leaders are opposed to the privatization of our lands, which means the commoditization of the nature, water, air we hold sacred. privatization has been the goal since colonization -- to strip native nations of their sovereignty." in flint, michigan, residents are warning the lead-poisoned water is still undrinkable and may be getting even more toxic. flint resident melissa mays of the group water you fighting for? said -- "the l longer they wait to chane our pipes, the worse our water gets." last week, a judge rejected the state of michigan's attempt to stop delivering bottled water to flint, warning of irreparablble harm to reresidents. in new york city, a 45-year-old muslim transnsit worker wearinga head scarf was attacked monday, pushed down the stairs at grand central terminal, and called a
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terrorist in the latest of a series of hate crimes against muslims following the election of donald trump. on in brooklyn, another man saturday violently threatened an off-duty muslim police officer, referring to her as isis and saying -- "i will cut your throat, go back to your country." in oakland, california, residents are mourning the death of at least 36 people who were killed in a fire at the ghost ship warehouse friday night. the fire is one of the deadliest building fires in the last half century in the united states. the ghost ship was an artist collective that housed many young artists and musicians, and the victims were overwhelmingly young artists, activists and community organizers. this is oakland resident amir. >> obviously, i am sad. i knew two people in the fire named alex and ana. i am sad, but i am more concerned about their family and their well-being. more than ththat, have l lost to friends. any car in maryland, 30 separately shut down --
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authorities have abruptly evicted a c collective workspace with things locked inside. they described the bell l foundy as a haven for queer p people ad people of color with one saying this saved my life, literally. the state of georgia is slated to execute william sallie at 7:00 p.m. tonight. sallie's lawyers have demanded his execution be halted so he can have a hearing to address claims of juror bias, an issue that has not yet been heard by a court in his case. if executed tonight, sallie would become the night person killed by the state of georgia this year. and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. on monday night, over 2300 people packed into the historic riverside church here in manhattan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of democracy now! democracy now! first went on the air on the eve of the 1996 new hampshire primary. the date was february 19, 1996.
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the show began as a radio show on a handful of stations. today over 5000 episodes later, democracy now! airs on over 1400 public television and radio stations across the globe. well, today, we spend the hour airing highlights from last night's celebration. we begin with noam chomsky world-renowned political , dissident, linguist, author, professor emeritus of linguistics at massachusetts institute of technology. >> i would just like to begin by saying a word about what a privilege and honor it is to be able to participate in the celebration of the remarkable success of democracy now! for these many years. in particular, the quite astonishing achievements of amy goodman, juan gonzalez, their
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colleagues, in showing us how we might aspire to achieve democracy now. it will be a long struggle. again, it is an enormous pleasure to be able to share this occasion with people like harry belafonte, who has been such an inspiration in being in the forefront of this endless .truggle for many hard years and for the young people among word you will be facing problems that have never risen in the 200,000 years of human history, hard, demanding problems. it is a burden that you cannot will all coming you in particular, and the rest of us, will have to be in their
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struggling hard to save the human species from a pretty grim fate. well, my wife and i happened to be in europe on november 8 that fateful day. in fact, in barcelona, where we watched the results come in. that had special personal resonance for me. the first article i wrote -- at least that i can remember -- was 1939.ruary it was about the fall of barcelona to franco fascist forces. the article, which i'm sure it was not very memorable, was about the apparently inexorable spread of fascism over europe and maybe the w whole wororld. old enough to have been able to listen to hitler's speeches, the
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nuremberg rallies, not therstanding the words, but reaction of the crowd was enough .o leave indelible memories and watching those results come in did arouse some pretty unpleasant memories, along with what is happening in europe now -- which in many ways, is pretty frightening as well. well, the reaction to november 8 in europe was disbelief, shock, horror. it was captured pretty ofquently on the front cover the major german weekly "after characterepicting a of donald trump presented as a meteor hurtling toward earth, mouth open, ready to swallow it up. the end headline read, "
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of the world." in small letters below, "as we have known it." there might have been some truth to that concern. even if not exactly in the the artist, the authors, the others who echoed that conception had in mind. it had to do with other events that were taking place right at the same time, november 8, events that i think were a lot more important than the ones that have captured the attention of the world in such an astonishing fashion, events that were taking place in morocco, -- marrakesh, morocco. there was a conference there of 200 countries of the so-called
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cop22. their gold, at this conference, was to implement the rather vague promises and commitments of the preceding international conference on global warming, cop21 in paris and december 2015, which had in fact been left vague -- for reasons not unrelated to what happened on november 8 here. the paris conference had the goal of establishing verifiable commitments to do something about the worst problem that humans have ever faced -- the likely destruction of the possibility for organized human life. they could not do that. they could only reach a non-verifiable commitment,
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promises, but not fixed by treaty, a real commitment. and the reason was the republican congress in the united states would not accept binding commitments. so they were left with something much weaker and looser. the morocco conference intended to carry this forward by putting teeth in that loose, vague agreement. the conference opened on november 7 in the normal way. november 8, the world meteorological organization presented an assessment of the current state of what is called is new geological epic that marked by radical human modification, destruction of the environment that sustains life.
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november 9, the conference basically ceased. was,uestion that was left whether it would be possible to carry forward this global effort to deal with the highly critical problem of environmental catastrophe if the leader of the free world, the richest and most powerful country in history, would pull out completely -- as a beauty be the case. that is the stated goal of the regards -- who's regards climate change as a hoax and whose policy is to maximize the use of fossil fuels and regulations, the environmental protection agency established by richard nixon, which is a measure of where politics has shifted to the
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right and the vast generation, and in other ways, accelerate the race to destruction. that was essentially the end of the marrakesh conference. -- so thated without might signal the end of the world, even if not quite in the intended sense. in fact, what happened in marrakesh was a quite astounding spectacle. the hope of the world for saving us from this impending disaster .as china authoritarian, harsh china. that is where hopes were placed. at the same time, the leader of the free world, the richest, most powerful country in history, was acting in such a way as to doom the hoax to total disaster. spectacle.tonishing
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it is no less astounding that it --eived almost no comment something to think about. well, the effects are quite real. cop21, the pairs negotiations come could not reach a verifiable treaty because of the refusal of the republican congress to accept binding commitments. the follow-up conference, cop22, ended without any issue. we will soon see in the not very distant future even more dangerous, horrifying consequences of this failure right here to come to term, to address in a serious way this impending crisis. so take the country of bangladesh. within a few years, tens of millions of people will be
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fleeing from the low-lying coastal plains simply because of the rise of sea level with the melting of the huge antarctic glaciers much more quickly than was anticipated. in the severe weather associated with the global warming. that is a refugee crisis of a kind that puts today's crisis, which is more a moral crisis in the west then an actual refugee crisis that will put this current crisis in two -- it will seem like a footnote to tragedy. the leading, scientist in bangladesh -- the leading climate scientist in bangladesh has reacted saying these migrants should have a right to move to the countries from which all of these greenhouse gases are coming. millions should be able to go to
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the united states. [applause] the united states and the other rich countries that have grown wealthy, as we all have, while bringing this new geological epic -- bringing about this new geological epoch, which may well be the final one for the species. the catastrophic consequences can only increase, just keeping to south asia, temperatures which are already intolerable for the poor are going to continue to rise as the himalayan glaciers melt, also destroying the water supply for south asia. in india, already, 300 million people are reported to lack water to drink. and it will continue for india
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and pakistan. and at this point, the two major threats to survival begin to converge. one is environmental catastrophe and the other is nuclear war. another threat that is increasing right before our eyes. are nuclearkistan states, nuclear weapon states with nuclear weapons. they are already almost at war. any kind of real war would immediately turn into a nuclear war. that might happen very easily over water struggles, over diminishing water supplies. a nuclear war would not only devastate the region, but might actually be terminal for the species is indeed it leads to global famine as many scientists predict. so the threats of survival
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converge right there, and we're going to see much more like it. meanwhile, the united states is leading the way of the disaster while the world looks to china for leadership. incredible, astounding picture, and indeeded, only one pieiece a much larger picture. amy: m.i.t. professor emeritus noam chomsky, world-renowned political dissident and linguist, speaking monday night at riverside church as part of the celebration marking 20 years of democracy now! after a short break, we will hear the conclusion of noam chomsky's speech, as well as comments from harry belafonte, patti smith, juan gonzalez and more. ♪ [music break]
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amy:, rollo -- tom morello, monday night at democracy now!'s 20 than a verse or he at the
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historic riverside church. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. return now to m.i.t. professor noam chomsky speaking at the event. >> the u.s. isolation of marquess is symptomatic -- marrakesh is symptomatic of broader development, with you think about pretty carefully, considerable significance. u.s. isolation in the world is --reasing in remarkable ways maybe the most striking is right in this hemisphere. what used to be called our ,ittle region over here secretary of war under roosevelt, our little region over here were nobody bothers us . if anybody gets out of line, we punish them harshly. otherwise, they do what we say. that is very far from true. during this century, latin america, for the first time in 500 years, has freed itself from
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western imperialism. the last century, that is the united states. the international monetary fund, which is basically an agency of has been kicked out entirely. there are no u.s. military bases left. international organizations -- [applause] hemispheric organizations are beginning to exclude the united states and canada. in 2015, there was a summit coming up. the united states might have been excluded completely from the hemisphere over the issue of cuba. that was the crucial issue that the hemisphere on which the hemisphere opposed u.s. policy. surely, that is the reason why obama made the gestures toward
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leastization that were at some step forward and could be reversed under a trump -- we don't know. on a much more far reaching scale, something similar is happening in asia. as you know, one of obama's major policies was the so-called pivot to asia, which was actually a measure to confront china transparently. one component of the pivot to asia was the tpp, the transpacific partnership, which excluded china. tried to bring in other asia-pacific countries. well, that seems to be on its way to collapse for pretty good reasons, i think. [applause] time, there is another international trade agreement that is expanding and
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region theyely the call the original copper his of economic partnership -- which is now drying in u.s. allies from peru to australia to japan. the u.s. will probably choose to stay out of it, just as the united states virtually alone has stayed away from china's asia and infrastructure development bank -- asian infrastructure development bank, the kind of bank he was opposed for many years but has now been joined by practically all u.s. allies, britain, and others. at the same time, china is thending to the west with shanghai cooperation organization, the china-based so gross -- silk roads.
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the whole system is an integrated system of energy resource sharing and so on. it includes siberia with its rich resources, india, pakistan, , probably turkey. this will extend all the way from china to europe. the united states has asked for observer status. it has been rejected. not permitted. one of the major commitments of the shanghai cooperation thenization, the whole of central asian states, is that there can be no u.s. military bases in this entire region. another step toward isolation may soon take place if the president-elect carries through his promise to terminate the nuclear weapons, the nuclear deal with iran. other countries who are parties
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to the deal might well continue. they might even guess europe, mainly. that means ignoring u.s. sanctions that will extend u.s. isolation, even from europe. in fact, europe might move under these circumstances towards backing off the confrontation with russia. actually, brexit may assist with this because britain was the voice of the united states and nato, the harshest voice gives europe some opportunities. there were choices in 1990, 1991, the collapse of the soviet union. mcgilltural resolve -- gorbachev had a vision, a common european home. they had integrated cooperative system of security, commerce, interchange, the military alliances from the atlantic to
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the pacific. the u.s. insisted on a different vision, namely, soviet union collapses and nato remains, indeed, expands right up to the borders of russia now. aree very serious threats evident daily. well, these are significant developments. they are related to the widely discussed matter of decline of american power. there are some conventional measures which, however, misleading and quite interesting ways -- i won't say much about it because there's no time -- but something is seriously think about. i conventional measures in 1945, the united states had reached -- peak of global dominance nothing like it in history. it had, perhaps, 50% of total
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world's well, other industrial countries were devastated or destroyed by the wars. u.s. economy had gained enormously from the war. a position of dominance with no historical parallel. well, that could not last. other industrial countries reconstructed by around 1970. described as try polar. three major economic centers. german-based europe, u.s.-based north america, and the northeast asian area. at that time, japan-based. china had moved in as a partner. time, u.s.y that share in global wealth was about
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25%. today, it is not far below that. well, all of this is highly misleading because it fails to take into account a crucial factor, which is almost never discussed. that is the question of ownership of the world economy. if you take a look at the corporate multinational corporations around the world, what do they own? well, that turns out to be a pretty interesting matter. in virtually -- increasingly during the period of neoliberal globalization of the last generation, corporate wealth is becoming more realistic measure of global power the national wealth. corporate wealth, of course, is nationally based, supported by taxpayers like us, but the ownership has nothing to do with us. corporate ownership -- if you
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look at that, it turns out in virtually every economic sector -- manufacturing, finance, services, retail and others -- u.s. corporations are well in the lead in ownership of the global economy. is overall, their ownership close to 50% of the total. that is roughly the proportion .f u.s. national wealth in 1945 that tells you something about the nature of the world in which we live. of course, that is not for the benefit of american citizens but of those who own and manage these private, publicly i to tell private was a terry and systems. if you look at the military dimension, the u.s. is supreme. nobody is even close. no point in talking about it. you mightpossible
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take a more independent role, it might -- europe might make more independent role, move closer to gorbachev's vision that my bleacher relaxation of the rising and very dangerous tensions at the russian border, which would be a very welcomed development. well, there's a lot more to say about the fears and hopes and prospects, the threats and dangers are very real. there are plenty of opportunities. and as we face them, again, particularly the younger people among you, we should never overlook the fact that the threats that we now face are the most severe that have ever risen in human history. they are liberal threats -- literal threats to survival. nuclear war, environmental catastrophe -- these are urgent
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concerns. they cannot be delayed. they became more urgent on november 8 for the reasons you know and that i mentioned. they have to be faced directly and soon if the human experiment disastrousrove to be failure. amy: m.i.t. professor noam chomsky, world-renowned political dissident and the was. the whole evenings events, including clips of democracy now! over the last 20 years, go to democracynow.org. after a short break, we will hear from harry belafonte, danny glover, and juan gonzalez. ♪ [music break]
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amy: patti smith performing "people have the power" and monday night celebration of democracy now!'s 20 anniversary of the historic riverside church here in new york. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we turn toto the legendary musician and actor harry belafonte, who was also speaking at democracy now!'s 20 anniversary celebration. for more than half a century, he has been deeply involved in the fight for social justice. one of dr. martin luther king's closest confidant's, he held organize thehe march on washshin in 1963. harry belafonte spoke last night at riverside church, the same location or reverend dr. martin luther king came out against the vietnam war a year before his death. now, iffew weeks from
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there is a platform on which i will be privileged to stand and speak, by opening remarks probably be something like, welcome to the fourth reich. [laughter] i was talking with a comrade recently. of the thirdim reich. he was a victim of the great holocaust and what happened to the jewish people during the reign of hitler. and all my life i've committed myself to making sure that here in this country, not for the wont of effort, but i and so many others would be forever committed to the idea that
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america will remain an open and free and democratic society. [applause] with each cycle, those thoughts become a bit dimmed. , wei think more than ever are, indeed, democracy now. i am at the threshold of my 90th year -- [applause] who said that? thought i would live this long, but to be able to share an evening with danny glover and certainly with noam chomsky, whom i have great respect, thatdeep
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i can kind of dance out of here feeling like, well, i did it all. [laughter] but in a way to me each time it was done -- but in a way, each time it was done, kind of figured it was the l last time e would have to do it. of eleanorfetime roosevelt, dr. dubose, those who mentored me and guided me and should but, that i live long enough to be able to stand here and once again say thanks to all of my colleagues, to all of my comrades, to all of the people who have sacrificed so greatly to make this nation whole. we are looking upon a curious time.
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i think it is a time that should be used as an opportunity to know that we have to make a much bigger difference than we have made up'til now. we should not let the current state of affairs dull the fact that all that we have done was worthless. nothing could be further from the truth. , not so passing thought passing, but i will take this opportunity to publicly once again, the last few months, passionate appeal has been made to president barack obama to use the power of the executive friend leader my caterpillar tear. -- leonard pelletier. [applause]
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that if understanding he fails before now and the end of the year to step to the plate and do the right thing, it will be a long time before we get a chance to think about leonard being freed. but i think we just have to keep on k keeping on. amy: the legendary entertainer and activist harry belafonte speaeaking monday in celebration 20thmocracy now!'s anniversary at the same site were martin luther king gave h s historic speech 1967, you to the day before he was assassinated. the actor, director, activist danny glover also spoke monday night, referencing dr. king's address. >> i would be remiss if i did not -- if i were to stand on the stage without mentioning one of the great moments on this stage nearly 50 years ago.
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, an a young minister , one ofon theology just the most extraordinary human .eings of this century and with all of this consciousness, all of the pain it took, denounced the war in vietnam. [applalause] knowing that he spoke from his heart and his consciousness, knowing he was doing something that he was going to be vilified, yet he spoke up. as we think about the moments ahead and the work that we have to do, the history that we must -- it is imperative that we make, we have to think about and use all of our
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courage, every bit of it, whether it is in the service of finding the truth and finding those stories were those who lost within their own country and can only turn to the far right in everything else. so where we have to do and where we are going to have to go? and not stiffly just teaching to our choir, to our constituency. than we have ever wanted to reach and understand. we have all of the technology in the world. we have every single thing organizing, us, but taking ourselves serious about that and doing the work we need to do whatever it is, is going to take something from our hearts. [applause] it is when you take something deep from us. and wee move forward
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realize the work we have to do, noam chomsky talked about the opportunities we have. it here at this moment, we look at the them of graphics, talk about the ways in which we can use what has happened as a platform to build, to create, to imagine and continue to imagine. that is our responsibility right now. as sevenrs old or years old, at 90 years old or whatever year, we have to take that on. on withainly, we come them for -- come armed with information that democracy now! has provided us through the journey they have taken us on, learning lessons, finding new ways in which we can implore those lessons, use those lessons in our own work, in that moment. and we are here to celebrate,
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but at the same time, to move forward or fiercely, more courageously than ever before. thank you. [applause] amy: actor, director, and activist danny glover monday night at riverside chuhurch. democracy now!'s juan gonzalez spoke about his 20 years cohosting democracy now! juan: we have been privileged to be a privilege to the most important political events and social struggles of the past two decades, to interview some of the most billion grassroots leaders -- brilliant grassroots leaders, poets, scientists, bravely organizing within the prison industrial complex to young immigrant dreamers fighting to keep their families intact to visionary political and religious leaders from around the world seeking to make a better life for their people. two american soldiers resisting imperial war from within the military tent during
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whistleblowers, exposing secrets , the darkest secrets of capitalism and empire. in the true spirit of the working man's present the 1830's, the muckrakers of the elite 1900s, the revolutionary press of the 1970's, we have sought to do our part to keep alive dissident alternative news and information and analysis grounded in facts and research and in the service of social progress. [applause] as many of you know, i have been fortunate to not only have worked with amy, one of the truly great journalists of our time -- [applause] juan: also to have labored two other major streams of the american media, the corporate or commercial press and with the present people of color -- which has its own separate 200 year
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history because both the corporate press and the dissident press cap excluding racial minorities from their ranks. [applause] juan: and my journalism has always been informed and shaped by my own struggles -- successful mass struggles in the social movements of our time from the 1968 columbia student strike against the vietnam war and racism to the young lords in the 1970's to the battle to remove the racist t fascist mayr of philadelphia from his merrill alcy, the strike from 1990 to 1991 for the daily news, and to the difficult and arduous battle in 2000-2001 to save the pacifica network from a
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corporate takeover. [applause] juan: i resigned from the daily news in may after 29 years there to devote myself to more in-depth research and writing and a book on a new progressive movement that have come to power in several u.s. cities the past few years. those cities are the only hope right now for the nation's progressive movements, especially after the debacle we witnessed at the state and federal level last month. and as one advanced capital country after another faces the resurgence of right-wing anti-immigrant neofascist movements. we must nurture and build progressive alliances at the city and local level, not despair or lose hope. and those of us are journalists must keep reporting the facts, exposing the injustices, join the lessons of history, and speaking truth to power. democracy now! has always drawn inspiration from people's
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struggles, is biggest stories of come from the information gathered by activists and researchers who no one else would listen to. and 20 years a after we started with your help and support, it will continue to do so for longer than anyone thought possible. thank you for coming tonight. amy: democracy now! cohost juan gonzalez speaking monday night. we end today's broadcast with the legendary singer, poet, author patti smith performing monday night at riverside church celebrating democracy now!'s 20 anniversary. >> this first song tony and i wrote in memory of rachel corrie who died on a peacekeeping mission in the gaza strip, such a young girl and we would like to do this song brawl of the young people that we have lost globally, young reporters,
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activists, photographers, just all of the young people who have put themselves out in the front lines who have -- who want, as the young man said, all they want is change. all they want is peace. and we also would like to remember a all of the young peoe who lost their lives in the oakland fire. when you look at this picture of them, all of them, brimming with such hope, we need our young people. we pin our face on them. they're going to make the most revolutionary changes in human history. they will continue to build peace movements, to protect our sayingment, and so we this little song for them.
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yesterdayay i saw you standing hand against the window at thee you and i wanted to tell all your tears were not in vain
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knew we'ds s we bothh ever be the same never be the same. hide all these feelings inside? lions and lambs shall abide day will be strong enough to build it back again build the peaceable kingdom back again
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build it backk again amy: performing monday night with her daughter jessie paris and and tony shanahan at riverside church, celebrating democracy now!'s 20 anniversary. tune in tomorrow when we air the store conversation between noam chomsky and harry belafonte, never before together in conversation at a public event. that is what we did with them last night. you can also watch the full 2.5 hour of event, the celebration of democracy now! at democracynow.org. that does it for our broadcast. democracy now! is looking for feedback from people who appreciate the closed captioning. e-mail your comments to outreach@democracynow.org or mail them to democracy now! p.o. box 693 new york, new york 10013. [captioning made possible by democracy now!]
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